Expect the Unknown
David Perkins, a retired U.S. four-star general, once said, “We should expect the unknown . . .”
We’ve heard versions of that quote before: Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for the unknown. But is this really possible? If we expect the unexpected, doesn’t that mean it’s no longer unexpected? And how can we expect what we do not know?
To expect the unknown is to be flexible, to be prepared for options we may not have intended to plan for. For the Christian, it means surrendering ourselves to God, understanding that His loving sovereignty rules our lives . . . and our schedules.
The unexpected may occur through a telephone call, a knock at the door, or a chance meeting. The unexpected might occur at home or at work, in the neighborhood or a thousand miles away. It might be serious and sad or fabulous and funny. It might even be a virus that shuts down an entire world.
Most of 2020 has been a series of unexpected events and circumstances. Remember interviewing for a job and being asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Five years ago, who would have ever thought we would be where we are—an entire world with the shared experience of a pandemic! The COVID-19 virus definitely fits the category of the unknown!
A Christian’s entire life is built on the foundation of trusting a God who is never surprised. We belong to, and trust, a God who majors in the unexpected. Jesus’s first disciples learned this in living color as they moved from being frightened, scattered followers of a dead rabbi to bold proclaimers of the living God in mere days.
As I consider this year’s unexpected events, I need to remember God is not caught off guard by circumstances that are a surprise to me. The year 2020 has four months left, however I’ve stopped asking, “What else could go wrong?” I don’t want to know . . . but God already does. He not only knows what I don’t, He has also planned how He will use those events to fulfill His purposes.
Expect the unexpected. Christian can trust an unknown future to a known God. When we do, even the unexpected and unknown will work out for our ultimate good and God’s eternal glory.
When has the unexpected interrupted your day?
How did you respond?